Now that I have been working for three weeks, I have begun to make observation about the British working environment. (Or at least mine.)
One thing that I was not expected was tackling the unknown tea etiquette. You see, I didn’t realize that if you make tea for yourself, the polite (and customary thing to do) is to ask everyone in the office if they would like a beverage. Yes, everyone. Fortunately for me, I work in a office is five people total… making the beverage order fairly easy to remember.
Even with a small staff, I have to learn how everyone takes there cup: Black, herbal or green? Sugar? Sweetener? Milk, if so how much? Or, instant coffee (a first for me).
For the girl who comes from the part of the country home to Starbucks (aka Seattle), having tea being the reigning beverage is a very new experience for me. I am used to walking into a Starbucks, ordering a Venti Soy Toffee Nut Latte with an add shot of espresso with the barista not batting an eye. Here? Not so much. To simplify matters, I get drip, or as it is called here: filter coffee.
I will say although different, the custom of colleagues offering a warm cup of tea is friendly and incredibly gracious. (Somethings I can get used to fairly easily….)
Tonight, I am going to have a nice cup of tea as I watch the second episode of the season of Downton Abbey. Hooray!